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Farmington Chiropractic Clinic opens in a new location

Steve Gliva is pretty well unpacked at his new office. Everything is where he wants it to be. But it still might be a while before it all feels like home. When you've worked in the same place for 17 years, getting used to a new location is a bit of an adjustment.

Gliva knew it was time for a change, though. It's why he moved his Farmington Chiropractic Clinic from its longtime home across from what is now Family Fresh Market to a new location on Oak Street in downtown Farmington. His rent is lower where he is now, and he likes the location. He's heard good things from his new neighbors about the level of activity downtown.

Gliva has been in Farmington - and his business had been in the same location -- since September of 1995. He came to the city from Lacrosse, Wis., to be closer to family after the birth of his first child. He'd worked in another chiropractic clinic in Wisconsin, but when he moved he chose to go out on his own.

It was wrestling, in part, that led Gliva to chiropractic care in the first place. He started in the sport in third grade and fell in love with it.

"It was just a natural for me and my brother. We took to it," Gliva said. "Me and by brother were screwing around all the time, beating each other up."

Gliva was Rosemount High School's first wrestling champion (his brother was the second) and he went on to be a national champion at Augsburg.

He got hurt when he was in college, though, and his assistant coach's uncle was a chiropractor. Gliva liked what the treatment did for his sore back, and he liked the idea of helping other people a lot more than he liked the prospects that came with his computer science major.

"I was going to sell computers. That was my goal, because that's what my dad did."

The problem?

"I didn't like computers," he said.

Gliva found a natural spot in Farmington. There were only two other chiropractors in town then, as opposed to the eight there are now. Byron Olson, Farmington High School's athletic director at the time, invited him to serve as a coach in the school's wrestling program. He has worked as an assistant on the FHS wrestling team over the years and for the past five years has been an assistant on the middle school wrestling team.

That association opened doors for Gliva in the local athletic community, and the association has been a good fit for him.

"I like to treat the athletes," Gliva said. "They're more motivated to get better, and I like to get them back as quick as possible."

Response to Gliva's move has been good so far. He has more space in the new location, and he's never gotten much walk-in traffic, so it hasn't been a problem for his patients to find him.

Still, change isn't easy.

"Moving things after 17 years in one spot was a pain in the butt," he said.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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